Ravenna is packed with reminders of its Roman and Byzantine past, including several monuments that have UNESCO’s stamp of approval. Visit the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, an unassuming brick building which hides an incredible mosaic-tiled interior. The mosaics date back to around 430AD, and include a starry night sky on the oratory vault, and a glittering depiction of Christ as the Good Shepherd. You’ll find more mosaics in the church of Sant’Apollinare and in the Basilica of San Vitale, which features some of the world’s best-preserved Byzantine artworks. We’ll also visit the Piazza San Francesco and the grave of Dante Alighieri, the famous Italian poet. Before we head back, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own or have a drink or a gelato at a pavement café.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.